Mahindra Quanto bookings cross 5,000: Small SUV export to begin soon
Mahindra has announced that their recently launched compact SUV, Quanto has received a record 5,000 bookings in less than three weeks. Mahindra Quanto SUV was launched in India last month with a base price tag of Rs 5.82 lakhs, ex-showroom, Thane. Apart from this, Mahindra will also be starting to export their small SUV, to auto markets of Chile, South Africa and Europe. Mahindra XUV500 was recently launched in Italy and it is expected that Quanto too will follow. It will take approximately four to five months before export details are in place to ship the Mahindra Quanto to Italy after which it will be seen in other European countries as well.
At the launch, Mahindra stated that they have a production capacity of 2,500 Quantos per month, which will be produced from their plant in Nashik, Maharashtra, on an assembly line from which the Mahindra Xylo is also produced. 7,000 units per month of these two models roll off this assembly line which will be further augmented to cater to exports to Italy.
Mahindra Quanto will compete against Dacia Duster in European markets. The vehicle is scheduled to commence sales in Italy by end of 2012. This compact SUV is also expected to be displayed at the Bologna Motor Show later this year. Mahindra Quanto possesses a 1.5 liter 3 cylinder diesel engine which is the smallest diesel motor to feature in a twin turbocharger.
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Mahindra’s compact SUV Quanto registers over 5,000 bookings within 3 weeks of launch
Quanto garners over 5,000 bookings within 3 weeks of launch.
Quanto becomes No. 1 search for 24 hours on Google within 2 days of launch.
Twitter trend – No 2 position for Mahindra & No 4 position for Quanto on day of launch.
2 million page views on MAHINDRA QUANTO website in less than a week.
Mumbai, October 11, 2012: Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M), India’s leading SUV manufacturer, today announced that it has received over 5,000 bookings from customers for its newly launched compact SUV, the QUANTO within 3 weeks of its launch. Bookings for Quanto had opened across India from September 21, 2012.
The buzz associated with this launch on social media has been extraordinary. Mahindra became a favorite on Twitter, trending at No. 2 position with the Mahindra Quanto following closely at No. 4. The Quanto website had over 2 million page views in less than a week. And in a first ever for any Mahindra brand, Quanto became the No. 1 search on Google within 2 days of launch. The Quanto print campaign was launched nationally on 28 September, 2012, followed by the airing of the new TVC from 5 October, 2012.
Commenting on the response to Quanto, Pravin Shah, Chief Executive – Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra said, “It is a delight that the Quanto has received over 5,000 bookings in a short span of 3 weeks. This response strengthens our belief that Quanto will be able to create a new category within the SUV segment with its unique value proposition. This gives us the confidence that the customers appreciate the Quanto’s distinctive looks, flexible 5+2 seating & go anywhere capability. We would like to thank them for the convinction they have shown in the Quanto”.
The Quanto is loaded with many high-end technology features such as the Digital Drive Assist System, Micro Hybrid Start Stop System, 1.5 litre-100 BHP mCR100 engine with twin turbochargers, Intellipark Reverse Assist, 2-DIN music system with CD, MP3, USB & Aux in etc. Quanto also comes loaded with safety features like ABS with EBD, dual airbags, high speed warning, engine immobilizer etc.
Launched on 20 September, 2012, the Quanto is designed and developed in-house by Mahindra on the robust, proven and highly successful Ingenio platform. The Quanto is a direct outcome of customer insights pointing to the need for a compact and affordable SUV. Starting with its imposing and robust front fascia, along with the macho and rugged design, the Quanto perfectly embodies the aggressive stance of an SUV. The chunky alloy wheels, stylish rear stepney and sporty roof rails add to this SUV’s stature and character. All this makes the Quanto a real head turner on the road. This sporty compact SUV is powered by a state-of-the-art 1.5 litre mCR100 engine, which is the newest Common Rail Diesel engine in Mahindra’s SUV portfolio.